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ST21 Belfast charity fund-raising hailed

The Security TWENTY series of shows by Professional Security magazine was back in Ireland this week, after it was absent in 2020 thanks to the covid pandemic. While ST could not run in Dublin, it went ahead in Belfast, at the Europa Hotel, with a Monday night dinner and Tuesday exhibition.

The diners raised – whether with bank card donations through the JustGiving website, including gift aid, or by cash – £1981 for Meningitis Research Foundation, and specifically for John Goy of BT, who has been running the Virtual London Marathon 2021 for the Foundation. Diners heard about the Foundation’s work, and how important it is to spot any signs of the disease, to allow for treatment.

Professional Security MD Roy Cooper hailed the amount raised as fantastic, ‘and thanks to everybody for their support, for such a good charity. And the following day was great. The visitors kept coming throughout the day. It was a steady flow, all day long. It was the first time a lot of industry people had gone out to an industry event, since covid.”

Like the previous ST events run since the pandemic, at The Belfry outside Birmingham and in Manchester in the summer, ST Belfast was run on covid-safety lines, while mask wearing was not necessary inside the room of exhibitors, who spanned physical, electronic and networked security, and included the NSI and SSAIB inspectorates. The next ST event is ST21 Glasgow, on Tuesday, October 5; and as in 2019 and years before, the ST year ends in west London – but not at Heathrow; Twickenham Stadium is the new venue, on Tuesday, November 16.

ST events are free to attend, whatever your interest in private security; we do ask that you sign up beforehand, to help us gauge numbers for catering. Visit

Dates and venues for ST in 2022 are to follow.

Picture courtesy of ST Belfast exhibitor Quanergy; this is a screen shot of the Belfast show floor, as captured by their lidar product.


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